in the nude…

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A few weeks back one of my favorite lifestyle bloggers, Sarah Yates from A House in the Hills (pictured above) mentioned in this post how nude shoes can “make your legs look like they go on for a million miles”.  Seems her and I are style vibin’ because I’d been queueing up a post covering the same topic!  The color nude is relative.  For caucasion women it’s a peach tone whereas for other races and ethnicities the shade of ‘nude’ varies.  Here is the low down on how you could look your best ‘in the nude’ no matter what color you are!

style tip:  how to get legs for days?  Whatever your skin tone – wearing shoes that match back to it will create an illusion of a longer and leaner silhouette.  This happens because there is no pause (or break) for the eye to rest at, keeping the line of sight continuous with no interruption.  Since the shade of the shoe is consistent with the color of your skin – it tricks the brain to “believe” it’s an extension of your own leg and your shoe (or ankle strap) doesn’t wind up cutting you off.  Genius, right?  This style tip greatly benefits the vertically challenged or for those of us that just want a slimmer appearance.  No matter what your body type really – it’s a win!  Here’s a visual tutorial.

Screen Shot 2013-05-21 at 7.25.42 PM This tip has been used by us fashion stylists for years and one that I had to share with you.  It’s a little trick we keep in our back pockets but one that should be shouted from the roof tops! 

Here are some other benefits…

  • This tip applies to both flats and heels
  • Nude shoes go with any outfit hence ‘neutral’ – yipee!
  • Nude (neutral) shoes are trend right so finding the right match up to your skin tone should be a breeze!   Be sure to get as close to your own color as possible!
  • Gold is a close second to nude for most skin tones and can facilitate the same results

 …and an edit of a few faves from spring/summer ’13.  Shop the above dresses here and here.

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  1. Aquazzura cutout booties, $465, shopbop.com
  2. Chloe two tone sandals, $320, piperlime.com
  3. Zara multi strap high sandal, $89.90, zara.com
  4. KORS Michael Kors lexa sandals, $275, shopbop.com
  5. Dolce Vita briza sandals, $79, dolcevita.com
  6. Jeffrey Campbell bond girl sandals, $185, shopbop.com
  7. Schutz Arieli lace up booties, $220, shopbop.com

photo credit via Lou Mora

gettin’ skirt’y

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Hello and happy Monday!  Last week I happened upon this zara origami skirt on a shopping expedition for a friend.  I tried very hard to stay the course and shop through the lens of “what would so and so like”, but this little number was eye’ing me from the center aisle hang bar and I couldn’t resist.  Like a seductress woman giving a man across the bar that convincing wink – I was reeled in.  I’m not a big skirt person but in my quest to continuously think (and dress) outside the box – I thought, ‘what the heck”.  As much as I feel it’s important to stay ‘comfortable’ in self expression – this is relative.  I also believe it is critical to stretch beyond our comfort zone (and I mean that in more ways than just fashion).  We should always consider the opportunity for growth and newness.  I didn’t try on the skirt – I was shopping during the 5pm rush hour and the dressing room line was already twenty deep.  I seriously could have spent hours upon end there though – the new zara concept stores are enormous and oozing with trend right, fashion goodies – all for extremely competitive prices.  Note to New Yorkers: check out the 34th street and 52nd and 5th locations!  So back to the skirt – I didn’t want to wait on the long line so added it to my pile of items and figured I could always return.  Well – no return necessary my friends.  This skirt fits like a glove and is just all over perfect!  Did I mention it cost $79.90?!?  And if you’re not digging this print, zara also offers similar here and here.  I will be wearing this skirt endlessly – most likely as such…

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  1. Zara jacquard sarong skirt, $79.90, zara.com
  2. J.Crew selvedge chambray shirt, $98, jcrew.com
  3. Aquazzura cutout booties, $465, shopbop.com
  4. J.Crew chevron bracelet, $78, jcrew.com
  5. Makeup Forever rouge artist natural n45, $19, sephora.com